The Egyptian government’s reluctance to loosen its grip on private sector industries has impeded the flow of foreign direct investment into the country.
Growing cooperation between Egypt and Israel will have direct implications on Cairo’s ability to play its traditional role as a mediator in the Palestinian peace process.
The Egyptian authorities’ undifferentiated use of torture is adding to Egyptians’ growing frustration at the impunity of officials and the erosion of the rule of law.
The launch of a large-scale military operation across Egypt is well-timed to give President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi a boost in popular support ahead of elections in March.
Sudan’s refusal to liberalize the pound’s exchange rate and ongoing battle with the black market have ignored the lessons from Egypt’s own mistakes in managing its currency.
Egypt’s efforts at subsidy reform provide suggestions for Tunisia and Sudan, both witnessing protests stemming in part from increased prices of staple goods.
The Egyptian military is exploiting legal loopholes and bureaucratic mechanisms to control which military personnel can exercise their constitutional right to political participation.
The Egyptian regime may have miscalculated the extent of judicial opposition to its attempts to control appointments of high-ranking judges.
Egypt’s religious institutions are competing for authority and trying to secure their positions in the religious public space.
Egypt’s foreign reserves have begun to recover, but weak foreign direct investment and accumulating debt could hinder reforms down the line.
Sisi is targeting spaces such as youth sports clubs and even universities to further stifle political expression and discourse among youth.
The Egyptian regime’s attempt to expand the presidential term to six years is another move to consolidate the power of the presidency.
The increasing rate of executions after unfair trials is eroding trust in Egypt’s justice system.
The legal battle over Tiran and Sanafir has exposed opposition from among Egypt’s elites even though the parliament’s and judiciary’s approval of the transfers represents a victory for the regime.
Though Egypt’s decision to raise interest rates will do little to curb inflation in the short term, its policy is based on a longer view.
Egypt’s military is using food charity during Ramadan to prevent social unrest, though it may not be able to afford this tactic in the long term.
Instead of addressing glaring security deficits, Sisi has focused on escalating the government crackdown on what remains of Egypt’s opposition.
Egypt’s reinstated state of emergency is ineffective in fighting terrorism and gives security forces yet another excuse to tighten crack down on the opposition.
After Turkey’s constitutional referendum, it is increasingly apparent that its government is exhibiting similar authoritarian tendencies to Egypt since 2013.
Egypt’s increasingly heavy-handed tactics in Sinai have led to a dramatic rise in civilian casualties that is turning more residents against the military.